Did you Know?

The new name for slavery

It answers to various names – none of them good: sex trafficking, child trafficking, forced-labor trafficking. It all falls under the roof of “human trafficking” which is the name for all cases that involve trading of people.

Human trafficking, according to the U.S. State Department, is defined as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.”

In other words – slavery.

Despite the abolition of slavery in the United States and in most countries around the world, human trafficking continues to be one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises, ranking second, right behind the drug trade and just ahead of the illegal arms trade.

In light of the Jeffrey Epstein and R. Kelly arrests and indictments in the U.S., human trafficking is still a dark end of the street deep underground $32 billion dollar industry. Trafficking саn occur іn lеgаl and lеgіtіmаtе buѕіnеѕѕ ѕеttіngѕ аѕ well аѕ in underground mаrkеtѕ.

If you don’t believe this industry impacts your life..think again. In the United States, sex trafficking can be found online, in brothels masquerading as massage businesses, nail salons, at truck stops, and on the street. Labor trafficking is based in agriculture, domestic servitude, traveling sales crews, restaurants, carnivals, and other industries.

The FBI calls Atlanta and San Francisco “hot spots” of human trafficking. Why? The same ready access to commercial air and ground routes that draw businesses and travelers to these cities, coupled with their proximity to international borders, makes them ideal locations for human traffickers. Merge these factors with a significant immigrant population and a flourishing economy that includes industries that attract forced labor and you have an ideal recipe for human traffickers to set up shop.

Traffickers often coach victims to lie about their age, identity, and relationships when approached by law enforcement. Child victims are often prevented from attending a school or other activities where they might be discovered by authorities. Out of fear, victims simply lie about being victims.

Due to its secretive nature, accurate calculations on the scale of commercial sexual exploitation, child trafficking, and adult trafficking can be difficult and misleading, but there are some general statistics. In 2017, according to International Labor Organization, Walk Free Foundation, and International Organization for Migration, over one million of those in “forced sexual exploitation” are children, and 45% of child commercial sexual exploitation victims in New York City alone were exploited in hotels. Somebody’s child. Let that sink in.

Human traffickers are equal opportunity exploiters so don’t believe the hype that this is only happening in or from Asia. The U.S. group of pond scum abuse females and males. They are equal opportunity in targeting Hispanics, Whites, African Americans, Native Americans, Middle Easterners, and anyone else that is vulnerable to their ploys. They don’t stop. Jeffrey Epstein and R. Kelly are only the monsters we know about. There are many, many more.

Not getting involved with turning in these “so-called people” makes you part of the problem. Somebody’s child is begging for your help. “Be human; stop trafficking.”

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